Pete Rose might have blown his chance for reinstatement with the news that he allegedly bet on baseball during his playing career, despite his previous denials. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Report: Pete Rose bet on baseball while playing

June 22, 2015 - 9:56 am

Reds legend Pete Rose, who remains banned from baseball for betting on games as a manager, also bet on games during his playing career, according to a report from ESPN's Outside the Lines. The program obtained copies of pages from notebook of Rose associate Michael Bertolini documenting Rose's gambling form March through July of 1986, when Rose was player-manager of the Reds. It indicates that he regularly bet on baseball, including on the Reds on days he was playing -- although there was no evidence he bet against his team. Most of the bets were for $2,000. There also were notations of bets on college and pro basketball, including a $5,500 bet on the Celtics (which was a loser), the biggest bet of any sport. The notebook was seized from Bertolini during a raid by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in October 1989, about two months after Rose had been declared permanently ineligible by MLB. Rose admitted in 2004 that he bet on games as a manager -- after denying it for 15 years -- but he has continued to insist he never bet on games as a player. During an April appearance on Michael Kay's show on ESPN Radio in New York, Rose said: "Never bet as a player: That's a fact." Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, has been pushing for reinstatement this year. Rose's lawyer, Raymond Genco, issued a statement to ESPN on behalf of Rose, reading: "Since we submitted the application earlier this year, we committed to MLB that we would not comment on specific matters relating to reinstatement. I need to maintain that. To be sure, I'm eager to sit down with [MLB commissioner Rob] Manfred to address my entire history -- the good and the bad -- and my long personal journey since baseball. That meeting likely will come sometime after the All-Star break. Therefore at this point, it's not appropriate to comment on any specifics."